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MLB Power Rankings: Week 6


Everyone knows what I’m about to say, right? If you don’t, you should.

For the sixth consecutive week, there is a new top dog of my power rankings. It’s a total shocker. The San Francisco Giants are currently the best team in baseball and are zipping through opponents faster than William Henry Harrison’s presidential term (he served 31 days in office for you non-history buffs).

The Colorado Rockies made the biggest jump of the week and the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays fell the most.

Let’s take a look at my power rankings. Disagree? Bring it.

1.   San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants (20-11) (Up 3)

Winners of five straight including a sweep of Atlanta in which the Giants’ pitching staff helped them to three runs. But can they survive without Matt Cain?

2.  Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers (21-11) (No change)

They took the series from the Cardinals at Busch Stadium (huge victory), but dropped three of four to the Reds. It’s been 14 consecutive games since the Brewers have scored six or more runs. Should we start to worry about the offense?

3. Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics (19-12) (Up 2)

Amazing starts from Sonny Gray and Jesse Chavez this week. Oh, and Scott Kazmir is 4-0.

4. Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers (17-9) (Up 3)

Going 5-0 is a pretty decent week, if you ask me.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers (18-14) (Up 3)

Dee Gordon has a batting average of .353 with 19 stolen bases. Stud.

6. Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves (17-13) (Down 5)

Just a terrible week for the Braves. They failed to win a game, and then accused the Marlins of stealing signs. I guess they gotta blame someone.

7.Texas Rangers Texas Rangers (17-14) (Down 4)

Elvis (Andrus) has left the leadoff spot. The shortstop was dropped to the No. 9 hole on Sunday. He’s hitting .217 on the season.

8. New York Yankees New York Yankees (16-14) (Down 2)

I feel like more people cared about Mariano Rivera‘s farewell tour than Derek Jeter‘s. At least ESPN isn’t bombarding me with Yankees news.

9. Washington Nationals Washington Nationals (17-14) (Up 1)

They let Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona) shut them out. But they still move up a spot, well, because I said so.

10. Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies (19-14) (Up 8)

Whoa! Where’d these guys come from? The Rockies have been sitting around the 20 spot for too long. It’s time I show them some love.

11. St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals (16-16) (Down 2)

Lost a series to the Brewers at home. Lost a series to the Cubs.

12. Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (15-15) (Up 2)

This whole David Freese thing isn’t working out. He’s hitting just .202 and was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger.

13. Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox (15-17) (Down 1)

The American League East is weak, no?

14. Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles (15-14) (Up 1)

Manny Machado is back, and Ubaldo Jimenez finally looked like a decent starting pitcher. Call me crazy, but I still think they can win the East.

15. New York Mets New York Mets (16-14) (Down 2)

After jumping up 10 spots in my rankings last week, reality has set in. They have a team batting average of .228. Yikes.

16. Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds (15-16) (Up 4)

I would pay Johnny Cueto to let me watch him play catch.

17. Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays (15-17) (No change)

Erik Bedard is a starting pitcher for them. They have a team ERA of 4.55 — fifth-highest in baseball.

18. Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals (14-16) (Down 7)

I’ve given up on the Royals. They are wasting away amazing potential.

19. Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies (15-14) (Down 3)

Will Ben Revere ever hit a home run? He has zero for his career and owns the league’s lowest isolated power total (0.20).

20. Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox (15-17) (Up 3)

Nobody has scored more runs than them, but only one team has allowed more runs. Maybe they should bring back Philip Humber.

21. Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners (14-15) (Up 4)

Fun fact: 11 players have more steals than the Mariners do as a team.

22. Miami Marlins Miami Marlins (16-15) (Up 7)

The Miami Marlins have a winning record. I repeat, the Miami Marlins have a winning record.

23. Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins (14-15) (Down 1)

Twins’ starters have struck out only 90 batters. That’s dead last.

24. Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians (13-18) (No change)

Michael Bourn is injured again. But that’s okay. Nyjer Morgan was having a better year at the plate anyway.

25. Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs (11-18) (Up 3)

Hell of a week from the Cubs. They beat Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha.

26. Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays (14-17) (Down 7)

Three weeks ago, they were ranked No. 13, and I predicted they wouldn’t be any higher the rest of the year. I like when I say something smart.

27. Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates (12-19) (Down 6)

Pirates’ starters have a combined four wins. Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle has five.

28. San Diego Padres San Diego Padres (14-18) (Down 2)

Free fallin’.

29. Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks (11-23) (Up 1)

3-15 at home and 8-8 on the road. Um. What?

30. Houston Astros Houston Astros (10-21) (Down 3)

Top prospect George Springer is batting .185, but even if he was hitting .800, he has no shot at saving the Astros this year.

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  • gambalore

    It’s Carig, not Mark Craig.

    • http://twitter.com/mmusico8 Matt Musico

      Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cmgaobrien Claire O’Brien

    Look at Upton’s 2012 stats and at Hairston’s. Then tell me Upton was better than any Met outfielder. Look at the ABs and splits, too.

  • tha_tikkel_knife_yo

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